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CRIME WATCH

November 05, 2008

Bowie man sentenced in tax refund scheme

A 49-year-old Bowie plumber was sentenced to 51 months in federal prison yesterday for his role in a property tax refund scheme that bilked the District of Columbia Office of Tax and Revenue out of $48 million, the Maryland and Washington U.S. attorney's offices announced yesterday. U.S. District Judge Alexander Williams also ordered that defendant Richard Walters forfeit $4.9 million, a Virgin Islands home, two Bowie houses, a 2005 Bentley automobile and four other vehicles. According to the plea agreement, Walters and his sister, who is awaiting sentencing for tax evasion, wire fraud and money-laundering conspiracy, deposited fraudulent government checks and used the money on lavish purchases, spending $47,000 to buy Washington Wizards season tickets and $58,000 at high-end department stores. Walters' sister, Harriette M. Walters of Washington, could receive up to 35 years in prison and have to pay $48 million in restitution. A half-dozen others have pleaded guilty in the scheme as well.

Tricia Bishop

Baltimore heroin supplier sentenced to 10 years

A Dominican Republic native who supplied more than 10 kilograms of heroin from New York City to Baltimore drug dealers in the late 1990s was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison yesterday, the Maryland U.S. attorney's office said. Julio Cabrera-Mena, 45, was indicted for conspiracy to distribute heroin in November 1999, but he fled and remained a fugitive until his extradition from New York in late 2006. One of the dealers Cabrera-Mena supplied, Lafayette "L.A." McKoy, was sentenced to 20 years in prison; another, James "Wink" Winkler, died before his case went to trial.

Tricia Bishop

Prince George's officer fatally shoots man

TEMPLE HILLS : Prince George's County police say an officer fatally shot a man who pulled a handgun on him in an apparent carjacking attempt. It happened about 8:50 p.m. Monday in the 3100 block of Naylor Ave. Cpl. Stephen Pacheco, a Police Department spokesman, said that during an undercover operation, an officer was leaving a club when three men approached. Pacheco said one man produced a handgun; the officer drew his weapon and fired several shots, striking the man, who was pronounced dead at the scene. Two other people are being questioned, and the incident is under investigation.

Associated Press

Struggle outside Laurel school leaves officer hurt

Prince George's County police say an officer suffered a bullet wound outside Oaklands Elementary School in the 13000 block of Laurel Bowie Road in Laurel about 2:15 a.m. yesterday. Police spokesman Cpl. Stephen Pacheco said the officer was investigating an alarm at the school when he encountered a man, and the two fought. The officer's gun went off and his forehead was grazed by a bullet. Police say they are searching for the suspect. The school is one of the county's polling places, and state elections administrator Linda H. Lamone said police allowed polls to open yesterday morning.

Associated Press

Paintballs fired at Islamic Center in Gaithersburg

Montgomery County police are investigating why the Islamic Center of Maryland in Gaithersburg was hit with 30 paintball blasts over the weekend. Police say a witness told a patrol officer the vandalism occurred early Saturday morning. The Council on American-Islamic Relations, a national civil liberties group, says the building was hit by as many as 70 paintballs. A council spokesman asked police to investigate whether bias was involved.

Associated Press

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